After the management change in Punjab, the enlargement of the Ashok Gehlot Cupboard in Rajasthan is yet one more occasion of a decisive intervention by the Congress excessive command. And the reshuffle has a number of messages to all of the stakeholders. Now it’s as much as the leaders how they select to learn the indicators.

The primary and maybe a very powerful message is to the veteran Gehlot — that operating of the federal government can’t be a one-man present. His wings are actually not clipped however by nudging him to broaden the Cupboard by making certain a ok illustration to these near his bete noire Sachin Pilot, by protecting the Independents who’re near him out, the excessive command has made it clear that its writ ought to run.

However, the enlargement is just not Pilot-centric both. In the complete council of ministers, solely 5 are his loyalists. That ought to make Gehlot blissful. However by laying stress on sizable illustration for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes within the council of ministers, the excessive command ensured that each Gehlot and Pilot have been boxed right into a nook.

Furthermore, the excessive command has tried to create a brand new management. Though the Rajasthan Congress story will nonetheless revolve round Gehlot and Pilot, the management, by giving essential organisational roles to Raghu Sharma, a Brahmin, Harish Chaudhary and Govind Singh Dotasra, each from the Jat group, and Bhanwar Jitender Singh, a Rajput, has thrown extra leaders from assorted backgrounds into the combo. Singh is AICC in command of Assam.

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Congress leaders Vaibhav Gehlot (L), Mahesh Joshi (C), Mahendrajeet Singh (R) with BJP senior chief Rajendra Rathore (2nd R) throughout the swear-in-ceremony of state cupboard minister, at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (PTI Picture)

Gehlot was initially mentioned to be reluctant to induct Pilot loyalists. “However we didn’t must power him. After two conferences with excessive command leaders final month, Gehlot acquired the sign. He understood the thoughts of the excessive command. Not like Amarinder Singh, Gehlot is an organisational man, risen to the highest by means of the ranks. In actual fact, he was on the airport when Ajay Maken landed in Jaipur a few days in the past with the mandate to execute the reshuffle,” a frontrunner mentioned.

“Gehlot is just not Amarinder and Sachin is just not (Navjot Singh) Sidhu. There’s a distinction. Gehlot is just not temperamental like Captain. And is aware of the virtues of persistence and silence,” one other chief mentioned.

Get together leaders level out that not even a single MLA who was near Amarinder has stop the occasion to this point. “Not even a few of the MPs who have been very native in supporting Captain… that has additionally emboldened the excessive command,” a frontrunner mentioned.

However be it in Punjab, Rajasthan or Kerala, the excessive command is slowly beginning to assert itself once more. In Kerala, it didn’t waste time handing over the reins of the occasion after the shock defeat within the Meeting elections to a brand new management, a lot to the chagrin of veterans Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala.

The induction of Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mewani too is seen as a gambit by the excessive command. The occasion’s Bihar management was not likely proud of the entry of Kumar but it surely had little possibility however to just accept it.

Earlier, it had appointed firebrand chief A Revanth Reddy, who joined the Congress in 2017 because the president of Telangana Congress, overlooking the claims of established leaders like former PCC chiefs V Hanumantha Rao and Ponnala Lakshmaiah to Lok Sabha MP Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, CLP chief Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, working president Ponnam Prabhakar and MLAs T Jeevan Reddy and D Sridhar Babu.

In February, the occasion appointed former BJP MP Nana Patole as president of its Maharashtra unit. Patole, who began his political profession with the Congress three a long time in the past, returned to the occasion solely in 2018.

What’s attention-grabbing to look at now would be the strikes of the excessive command in one other occasion dominated state – Chhattisgarh – the place a management tussle had been simmering for lengthy. As of now, the excessive command seems to be backing Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

He has been appointed particular observer for overseeing the occasion’s marketing campaign in Uttar Pradesh however leaders really feel the excessive command should settle the dispute a method or different prior to later. Not like in Punjab and very similar to Rajasthan, the Chief Minister has the assist of the vast majority of the MLAs.

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